DebM Posted April 2, 2020 Share Posted April 2, 2020 Good morning! I just registered today, but I've been lurking around the site for months and have gotten so much helpful information here. So first of all, a sincere thank you to the folks that post here. I can't tell you how helpful it is to the newly diagnosed. I'm 59 years old and incredibly healthy until I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I felt absolutely fine with no symptoms. It's been about six months now and I think I'm still a little shocked! My story is a little strange. A 2.5 cm nodule was found in my lower right lobe on a routine x-ray back in 2010. I had a PET scan at that time and it was negative. The nodule was monitored for six years. I had CT scans every three months for two years, twice a year for two years and then once a year for two years. There was no change to the nodule over that period, it was pronounced "stable" and I was told that I no longer needed scans. Fast forward to 2019 and a new Primary physician that went over my chart very thoroughly went I became his patient. He was concerned about the nodule. He was absolutely persistent that I get a CT scan even though the Pulmonary specialist said that I didn't require them. He nagged enough that I finally gave in and went for the scan. The results were shocking, the nodule had doubled in size and had became a 5.5 cm mass. Long story short, I had all of the usual tests. Biopsy determined it to be adenocarcinoma. PET scan only indicated activity in that lobe. MRI of the brain was clear. I was referred to a surgeon who intended to do an "open" lobectomy with the rib spreading, long incision, epidural, week long hospital stay, 10 weeks off work... I knew that there must be a less invasive method available in 2020 and started surfing. I found this site and read for days. I read about the VATS and robotic surgery and knew that was what I wanted. I found an amazing new surgeon and hospital and had my robotic lobectomy on Feb. 21st. There was no lymph node involvement and was staged 2B. I was out of the hospital in 2 days, out to lunch in two weeks and back to work after 5 weeks. I'm moving on to chemo now, so will start lurking on those boards instead of the surgery board lol So my question is this...with Stage 2B adenocarcinoma with no apparent metastasis or lymph node involvement...does 4 rounds of cisplatin/alimta sound like a typical treatment plan to those of you that are more experienced in this? Thanks! Roz 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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